Maternal Child and Family Health

A Message from Our Students in Athens: Resilience in the Face of Adversity

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Our Midwifery students on a busman’s holiday volunteering with Amurtel in Greece have posted a really inspiring blogging piece after their first week in Athens. You are doing great work there.

They would like to remind people that the charity they are with, Amurtel Greece have launched their summer fundraising campaign which enables them to keep a supply of items which women and babies are needing throughout the year. Please share this page far and wide and consider donating to an excellent cause which is making a huge difference to immigrant women in Athens.

https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/greece-amurtel

Placement in Athens

It’s the end of our first week of volunteering with Amurtel and we started the day by donating the money we raised. The total amount transferred was €1758.65 and the staff at Amurtel extend their gratitude to all of you wonderful people who supported us in getting here. The kindness and generosity of everyone who helped with our fundraising and provided us with thousands of maternity pads and breast pads has greatly moved everyone at Amurtel, so thank you all once again. Every penny is going to great use and it is changing the lives of the women and babies who Amurtel support.

As well as Sarah and I, there are two more visiting volunteers and this afternoon we set off into Exarcheia to do some outreach work. Andreia, the project officer, had been contacted and notified of a squat about 1mile away and had arranged to send over a…

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Inspiring Students @uwshealth

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Perhaps the best post you can make on World Refugee Day! 

UWS midwifery students Sarah Scarlett and Lauren O’Neill (pictured below) have arrived in Greece for a summer of volunteering, helping women who have been forced to flee their homes and are living in refugee camps.

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The midwifery students from Hamilton Campus will be working with the charity Amurtel Greece for Refugee Mothers and Babies, and have been fundraising and collecting supplies ahead of the trip.

You can follow their summer experiences by visiting their blog at

https://studentmidwivesathens.wordpress.com/

@UniWestScotland @uwshealth Career Fair Deemed a Resounding Success

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Over 350 of our School’s students, from across the four Scottish campuses, attended the University-organised Nursing Careers Fair at Paisley Campus on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

The event was attended by 36 exhibitors all keen to speak with our nursing students about their future employment opportunities, with several students receiving employment offers on the day.  Exhibitors included local and national NHS Health Boards and government agencies, as well as nursing agencies and private healthcare providers.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive with students highlighting the networking opportunities with a range of employers as well as the ability to undertake interviews on the day as particularly important.  The exhibitors at the event also commented on the high calibre of the students they met throughout the day as was evidenced by the numerous job offers received from our students.

Maria Pollard, Deputy Dean of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery said

“We are delighted with the positive response we have received from our students and exhibitors to this extremely successful event. It was very encouraging to hear of the numerous job offers made on the day and I’m sure that many more will follow in the weeks ahead as a result of connections made at the event.”

 

Scotland’s Breastfeeding Celebration and Awareness Week 18-22 June

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Scotland’s Breastfeeding Awareness Week will take place 18-22 June, and the focus has been directed by the findings from the Scottish Maternal and Infant Feeding Survey – mainly breastfeeding in public and empowering women around milk supply issues. Scotland will also be celebrating the wonderful achievement of 100% Baby Friendly accreditation in maternity and community services. Find out more about Scotland’s recent infant feeding survey results.

Breastfeeding weeks aim to raise awareness of the health and well-being outcomes of breastfeeding and the importance of supporting mothers to breastfeed for as long as they wish.  Please find below an informative video.

We are proud to have fully UNICEF BFI accredited midwifery and health visiting programmes at UWS and we will be engaging with this event- more information to follow!!!!

New Transport Links to Lanarkshire Campus Announced

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The University has announced that there will be two new transport links to and from the new campus in Lanarkshire. Transport operator, First Bus, will launch regular bus services between Hamilton International Technology Park – where the campus is located – to Hamilton and East Kilbride Bus Stations.

The service will be available to all students, staff and the public from 03 September 2018, providing a fast, reliable, frequent and environmentally friendly travel option for commuters.
Service UW1 will operate every 10 minutes between Hamilton Bus Station, Hamilton West and the Lanarkshire campus, providing a link with most other bus and rail services in the area.

Service UW2 will provide a direct service between East Kilbride Bus Station and the new campus.
Both services will be on UWS branded double-decker buses with additional features including leather seats with built-in USB ports and free wi-fi. A fantastic range of money-saving fares will be available.

The new services represent a significant milestone for the University as we prepare to welcome the first cohort of students to our new £110 million campus in September.

The campus – with its technology-rich, innovative learning and social spaces – will be at the forefront of modern learning environments and significantly enriches the educational journey of the 4,000 students and 300 staff who will attend there. Look out for further notices across the University when full bus timetables are confirmed.

UWS STAR Award Winners 2018

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Congratulations to all the winners at the 8th Annual UWS STARS Awards held at Paisley Campus last week, with 100 guests comprising of shortlisted colleagues, their guests, nominators and line managers.


Over 200 nominations were received from students and staff for the Staff Appreciation and Recognition Scheme (STARS). The awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate our achievements and acknowledge those staff who have been chosen by their colleagues or students as people who have gone above and beyond normal expectations.

We would like to congratulate all the award recipients:
Outstanding Teaching – Winner: Angela Dunlop, Lecturer, UWS School of Business & Enterprise
Highly Commended: Anne Clare Gillon, Senior Lecturer, School of Business & Enterprise; Taranjit Singh Rai, Lecturer, School of Science and Sport, UWS.
Outstanding Research & Enterprise – Winner: Brian Quinn, Reader, School of Science & Sport
Highly Commended: Debbie Tolson, Assistant Dean (Research & Enterprise), School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery; Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, Lecturer, School of Engineering & Computing
Outstanding Service to Students – Winner: Angela Dunlop, Lecturer, School of Business & Enterprise
Highly Commended: Nancy Allan, Associate Lecturer, UWS School of Education; Gerry O’Hare, Technician, School of Engineering & Computing
Outstanding Service to Colleagues – Winner – Lynette Dunning, Research Assistant, School of Science & Sport.
Highly Commended: Jane Kerr, School Enhancement Developer, School of Business & Enterprise; Carly Dawson, Events Co-ordinator, Commercial Services.
Outstanding Leadership – Winner – Lucy Carroll, Liaison Librarian, Student Development
Highly Commended: Sandro Carnicelli, Senior Lecturer, School of Business & Enterprise; Abi Ledwith, School Executive Manager, School of Education
Outstanding Team: Winner – UWS Residences Team, Commercial Services
Highly Commended: FMO Team (Paisley), Estates Solutions; Student Appeals Team, Student Administration

Our panel of judges is made up of colleagues from across the University, Trade Unions as well as student representation. The panel met in April and had a difficult time determining a shortlist from all the worthy nominations. Each and every nomination was very positive and contained many compliments and words of appreciation which is testimony to the high standards our colleagues deliver day after day.

On the day of the STARS Awards, a delicious 3-course lunch was provided by the Catering Team and the event was hosted by Dr Waiyin Hatton, Chair of Court, whose warmth and good humour added a great buzz to the occasion. Nina Anderson-Knox, Head of QuEST highlighted the wonderful things that were said about all our award winners with amazing style and enthusiasm, while Principal Prof Craig Mahoney presented the awards.


The organisers in the Department of People and Organisational Development would like to thank our Catering, Events, Printing, ITDS and FMO colleagues for all their support in making the event a great success. We would also like to thank our students and colleagues who took the time to nominate. We would like to encourage staff and students to nominate anyone they feel worthy for STARS 2019. The nomination process for STARS 2019 will re-open in the Autumn and notification of this will be sent to all staff and students nearer the time.

Finding Out What Being a Midwifery Student in NSW is Like

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Professor Belinda Dewar and Tamsin MacBride one of the Adult Nurse Lecturers from our Paisley Campus in collaboration with Associate Professor Virginia Stulz from Western Sydney University have spent the last 2 weeks in Sydney Australia, leading a project funded by New South Wales (NSW) Health.

The project aims to explore and develop the student midwife experience in New South Wales using appreciative inquiry.  Following a 3 day workshop where Belinda and Tamsin supported a research team to develop their appreciative inquiry skills, they worked with co-inquirers in 4 different maternity units across Sydney to put these skills and approaches into action.

You can find out more about our School’s Health Research at:

https://www.uws.ac.uk/research/research-areas/health/